Beach, Monterosso al Mare
Besides Fegina beach resort Monterosso has another sandy beach which stretches right in front of the old town. The town beach is slightly smaller but equally so is perhaps less attractive for swimming, due to a fact that it is, at the same time, the port of Monterosso. On the one side, there where is a harbour, the beach is bordered with a pier and breakwater, while the other is surrounded by high rocks which plunge into the sea-water.
Fegina is the new and more modern part of Monterosso al Mare and also, it is the largest hotel resort in whole of Cinque Terre. Its beach is the only sizeable sand beach in this area, though it can get very crowded with tourists and visitors during the peak summer months. The mild climate conditions permit very long swimming season, almost five months of the year.
Fegina beach is just a perfect place for the Eastern family holidays or for a stay of the elderly poulation in the pre or post-season when the sun is not too strong.
At first glance from afar you really cannot be sure what it is plunged into the shallows in front of Monterroso. Under poor light or in the dusk it might look like the stranded ship or wreck threw out by a strong storm weaves. If you let your imagination on to guide you then it can be whatever you've imagined, even the remains of an spaceship.
Suchlike was my first encounter with the massive and imposing rock which is actually the emblem of Monterosso. "Il famoso scoglio di Monterosso (the famous rock of Monterosso) impressively dominates the are of Fegina and magically catghes the eye of all visitors.
The locals call it "pae vecciu", which is an expression in Lgurian dialect and therefore hard to be correctly translated. I do speak very good Italian but could only guessing that it means something like "the old land".
Address: Passegiata Lungomare
Nancy and I are not the kind of people who will lay about on a beach soaking up the rays. We would more likely be seen taking a long walk along the water's edge. That being the case, I'm not the ideal person to be giving beach reviews.
Monterosso's pebbly beach is by far the largest we saw in La Cinque Terre. I've read that it is also the region's most crowded, which is not surprising.
The main beach in the Cinque Terre region is located in Monterosso - and it is a popular draw card for the town in the warmer months.
Although it is a grey pebbly beach, it is a very popular place for some sun worshipping - though bring your deck chair!
Directions: The beach starts across the road from the station, and then continues on the other side of the southern headland.
Monterosso al Mare – the name is a giveaway. This is the Cinque Terre destination of choice for beach lovers. If you want to spend part at least of your trip sunbathing or swimming in the sea, you should maybe consider making this your base. It would also be a good choice for anyone unable to cope with steep hills, as it is flatter than the others, and for anyone seeking a better quality hotel.
We weren’t here for a beach holiday but did enjoy spending a bit of time walking on the sea front and relaxing over a coffee while enjoying the views. The sea was quite rough that day, so only the stronger swimmers could go into the water, but they certainly seemed to be enjoying the experience. If you want to join them, or to relax and catch a few rays, you will have to pay for a space on the main beach, as is usual in Italy. But for your few Euros you will have the use of a parasol and sun loungers, a small hut in which to change, and a shower to wash off the sea water at the end of your visit. If nevertheless you prefer not to pay, there is a small public beach just around the headland next to the harbour. Entry to this is free, although there are none of the facilities of the larger beaches of the new town.
Both beaches are pebbly, by the way - there is no sand here I'm afraid. But I'm sure beach-lovers will enjoy them, nevertheless.
Directions: If you arrive by train you’ll be right by the beach, but coming by ferry or on foot you will need to walk through the tunnel that separates the old town from its newer neighbour to the north
Monterosso has the best beaches in Cinque Terre. The beaches are well maintained and are also the widest and longest of any of the other beaches in the region. The best part of the beaches are part of clubs that will charge you to use their chairs and umbrellas, so be advised of this. However if your looking to catch some rays, this is the place to do it!
Here is the beach at Monterosso. It is the only real beach you will find in Cinque Terre. Unfortunately it really wasn't beach weather the day we visited even though it was in June. We took a boat ride instead.
Address: Near train station
Monterosso has a large beach in the new section of town - a nice sandy beach with all the accomodation you can wish for: deck chairs, sunshades, restaurants, toilets, showers - so if you are a beach person, this is the place to go!
Directions: in the new part of Monterosso
I didn’t like the crowed at the beach, so I decide to leave kids and hubby at the beach and have a walk along the boulevard, shot some pictures and enjoy the view.
The boulevard with its palm trees reminds me a bit of Spain.
Monterosso has a long stretch beach, there is only a small part where you are allowed to swim for free.
That part is without sun chairs and beach umbrellas, I am afraid you have to bring your own :-)
That part of the beach is very narrow.
The old village has also a small beach but I don't know if you have to pay to swim and sunbathe on that part?:
The newer part of Monterosso, Fegina, also offers a crystal clear beach. The water is perfect for swimming and it feels great after a day spent hiking or just to soak up some sun! Oh, and did I mention the great view??
A visit to Monterosso in the warmer months will have to include a swim! The blue water is crystal clear, warm and totally relaxing. There is swimming in both the old part of Monterosso and the newer part. Umbrellas and chairs can be rented. If this is too much $$$, you can purchase a towel for a few Euros, spread it on the sand and enjoy the glorious place you are in!!
Monterosso-al-mare is the only town in the Cinque Terre to have a beach. Make sure you arrive early as it's very small.
For a relaxing afternoon you can go to the locals beach "tragagià", the last beach in direction to Vernazza.
For a not relaxing day you can hike to Vernazza and come back by boat.